First win eludes senior Thunderbirds


The Hamilton Thunderbirds continue to look for their first win of the Intercounty Baseball League’s 2010 season, after dropping an 8-2 decision to the Baycats in Barrie.

The loss left Hamilton with a 0-3 record in the senior loop’s early going.

Barrie opened the scoring in the third inning when Kyle Fillier hit a double to plate two runs. In the fourth inning, Barrie added to its lead when Ryan Davis reached base on an error by Thunderbirds’ first baseman Chris Leendertse, scoring Matt Logan. Donavan Latour, the number eight hitter, reached base on a single to bring in a second run in the inning. Dave Latour closed out the scoring in the fourth for Barrie with a bases loaded walk bringing in Davis.

Hamilton got on the scoreboard in the fifth inning on Thomas Richards’ infield ground out that brought in catcher Matt Fortuna. The Thunderbirds added a second run in the top of the sixth inning when second baseman Edwin Zwiebel scored on Adam Durfee’s sacrifice fly to left field.

That was as close as the Thunderbirds could get as Barrie scored a run on a Ryan Spataro single and another two runs on a double by Fillier in the eighth inning.

Mike Fortuna started the game for the Thunderbirds and allowed three earned runs on four hits in four innings of work in the loss while Baycats’ starter Brad Bissell earned the win allowing two earned runs on three hits in six innings of work.

Glenn Jackson led the Barrie Baycats at the plate with three singles and scored twice. For the Thunderbirds, Darnell Duckett had two singles in four plate appearances and had six put outs while fielding.